Co Kildare animal rescue charity holding fundraiser in Kilcullen this morning in bid to raise money for ensuring new shelter is built and dogs are not sent to pound

The KWWSPCA Book Sale continues today

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A Co Kildare charity that rescues animals will be holding another book sale this morning, in a bid to ensure that money is raised so dogs do not have to be put down and will have a home to go to. 


The KWWSPCA Book Sale continues today, Saturday, at the Heritage Centre/Town Hall, Lower Main Street, Kilcullen from 11.00 to 5.00pm.   There will  books of all kinds,  fiction, non-fiction, biographies, children's books, DVDs, CDs, all at very reasonable prices. All the proceeds will go to the KWWSPCA Shelter Appeal Fund.


Meanwhile,   Harvey Norman, at Naas Retail Park, is organising another Barbecue for the KWWSPCA Shelter Appeal Fund over the June Bank Holiday weekend.  Saturday 1, Sunday 2 and Monday 3 June, from 12.00 to 4.00 each day.  Please support if you can.  There will be live music from the fabulous Robbie Fallon and Catherine Coates on the Saturday.


The KWWSPCA are looking for people to help operate the barbecue and also they need lots of people and their dogs to help with the bucket collection.  For the barbecue, one helper is needed on  on Saturday 2pm to  4pm, one helper on Sunday 12 -to 2pm  and two helpers for the barbecue on Monday from 2pm to 4pm. Please email if you can help or text 087 6803295.  For the bucket collection, please come along to Harvey Norman whenever it suits you between 12 and 4 on those three days, bringing a dog if you can.  Ann or Yvonne will be there to point you in the right direction.

The shelter appeal fund has now reached over €100,000, but there is still a long way to go.

A KWWSPCA spokesperson said: "Unfortunately the shelter we have been renting since 2014 is now for sale and the county council will no longer give us planning permission to stay there until the shelter is sold.

If we have no shelter we won’t have room to take out the pound dogs. We have been working with the Pound since 2010 and the percentage of dogs put to sleep in the pound has dropped from 73% in 2010 to 6% in 2017.On top of that the County Council has plans to expand the Pound by eight kennels which means they will take in even more dogs and without the shelter we definitely will not be able to take out the extras on top of the dogs they can currently hold.If we have nowhere for the majority of the dogs many of them will be put to sleep unless the pound can re-home some themselves."